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Reeve Memorial Union awarded its annual Jim E. Cook Leadership scholarship in the amount of $400 to Albert Strohm on Sunday, Dec. 7. Strohm, a junior, is studying criminal justice and philosophy and also works as a lead on the operations team for Reeve Memorial Union.

The scholarship is named after Jim Cook who was the director of Reeve Union from 1976-1993. Cook passed away in 1994 and his wife created the Jim Cook Leadership Scholarship Fund in his memory. This year US Bank donated $2,000 to the endowment fund to show their support for student leadership on campus.

The purpose of the scholarship is to annually award one student employee of Reeve Union who shows both academic achievements and leadership qualities. Strohm is active in the community by mentoring at Big Brother Big Sister as well as tutoring children at Washington Elementary in Oshkosh. His plans for the future include graduating from UW Oshkosh in December 2009 and pursuing a master’s degree in criminal justice.

The scholarship was offered to all student employees of the union as well as any student active in Reeve Union Board (RUB), Reeve Advisory Council (RAC), Greek Life, Titan Volunteers and University Speaker Series. Students were asked to write an essay explaining their educational, personal and career goals. The selection process included a group of judges from different departments of the University.